Freeman hopes body can hold up

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

FORMER New Zealand captain Gary Freeman is hoping his body can get him through the upcoming Anzac Legends rugby league clash at Marley Brown Oval.

The cheeky halfback, who was capped 46 times during an illustrious test career, is looking forward to taking to the field in what he believes will be a great match.

"Mate I can't wait to get up to Gladstone, it will be the first time I have ever been there and I know the Kiwi boys are excited about being involved,'' Freeman said.

"It is going to be a lot of fun and looking at the calibre of both sides, I think the match will be a great one.

"I am just hoping the body is right enough to get through OK.''

Showing that his sense of humour has not waned over the years, Freeman joked the biggest worry facing a number of his team-mates may not be the Australians, but finding pairs of shorts big enough to fit.

"I was talking to (NZ team manager and former star) Tawera (Nikau) the other day and we were saying a few of the boys were a bit worried about getting some shorts big enough to fit them,'' he joked.

"Thankfully, I think I will be right.''

A popular media personality nowadays with his work on Fox Sports, the former Tiger, Rooster, Panther and Eel said the opportunity to catch up with past team-mates and rivals was one of the perks of playing.

"When you finish playing, the friendships with the boys you played with and against tend to drift away,'' he said.

"So to be involved in games like this is great in that way.''

Another reason for Freeman's participation is that proceeds from the match go to charity, a key reason which left the 1992 Dally M medallist in no doubt to say "yes'' when asked to be a part of the match.

"I do a lot of charity work in Sydney which is something I really enjoy,'' he said.

"It is great to give something back to people who are less fortunate for the support they gave us when we were playing.

Tickets to the Anzac Legends match and dinner can be purchased by phoning The Observer on 4970 3030 or calling by our Goondoon Street office.



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